SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, a joint-venture created to bring a new model of high quality, patient-focused urgent care centers to the Bay Area, today announced the "Love Your Heart" health initiative in conjunction with February's American Heart Month. Between Monday, Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 18, Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care will offer free blood pressure readings, Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations and waist circumference measurements at all locations.
"We are excited to continue our patient-first culture of care through our 'Love Your Heart' health initiative," said Todd Latz, CEO of GoHealth Urgent Care. "By providing free, convenient access to these important screenings, patients can gain insights into their heart health, empowering them to learn more about cardiovascular issues and achieve or maintain healthier lifestyles."
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and more than 730,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. The free screenings are offered to increase awareness of cardiovascular issues and encourage more people to take charge of their heart health. The screenings will take approximately 30 minutes, and patients will be provided with real-time results as well as literature on cardiovascular health. Patients have the option to check in online or just walk in.
"Even people who are generally aware of cardiovascular health can benefit from learning more about the risk factors and ways to prevent heart problems," said Dr. Erick Miranda of Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. "Our goal with these important tests, which we are providing at no cost, is to equip patients with the information they need to better understand cardiovascular health and educate them on how to manage their own potential heart conditions."
Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care's network has opened eight urgent care centers across the Bay Area – its newest facility opened Jan. 30 in Redwood City. The centers combine GoHealth Urgent Care's award-winning and inviting facility design with Dignity Health's best-in-class, quality providers. All Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Centers operate seven days a week with extended evening hours and the opportunity to "save your spot" by checking in online. Each center features x-ray equipment and a lab, combined with an integrated electronic medical record system that can be accessed by caregivers across Dignity Health and ensures consistent and informed care, as well as seamless referrals to specialists.
GoHealth Urgent Care is currently one of the 10 largest urgent care companies in the U.S., and is rapidly expanding its patient-focused centers to markets across the country. GoHealth Urgent Care more than doubled in size in 2016 and is poised for even greater growth in 2017. In addition, GoHealth Urgent Care will continue its focus on delivering industry-changing healthcare innovation, from pioneering partnerships to new patient-first initiatives and offerings.
About GoHealth Urgent Care
At GoHealth Urgent Care, we place the needs of our patients first—by providing an effortless patient experience, a welcoming culture of care and seamless integration with market-leading health systems and our communities. GoHealth Urgent Care operates almost 60 urgent care centers in the New York and Portland, OR, metropolitan areas, and San Francisco Bay Area. GoHealth Urgent Care's current partners include health systems that are at the forefront of care delivery innovation, including Northwell Health, New York's largest health system, Legacy Health, the largest nonprofit, locally owned health system in the Portland-Vancouver area, Dignity Health, one of the nation's largest health care systems, headquartered in San Francisco, and now Hartford HealthCare, the largest integrated health system in the state of Connecticut. GoHealth Urgent Care is a d/b/a of Access Clinical Partners, LLC, a TPG Growth portfolio company. TPG Growth is the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, which has over $70 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.gohealthUC.com/hearthealth.
About Dignity Health
Dignity Health, one of the nation's largest health care systems, is a 21-state network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY14, Dignity Health provided nearly $2 billion in charitable care and services. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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